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The “Lights on” night

In about me, art, color, my artworks, oil pastel, painting on November 29, 2013 at 17:34

The Market and the shop are open till late today. There is music & fairground in town but the Market it dark, cold and quiet. .. A corner of a new commissioned painting in progress is at the bottom right.  It’s a Mediterranean house in oil pastel. I had a productive day in the studio,  I’ve talked to interesting people, but haven’t seen much of my family and haven’t earned any money.  Which,  as usual,  makes me wonder if I am doing the right thing?
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In Uncategorized on August 4, 2013 at 17:52

Another #market scene. .. #Russia #countryside #rural #linandara_russia #linandara_people #farmers #smallholders #рынок #люди #дача #лето #all_shots #artishfolk #shop #selling #vegetables #tools #russian

In Uncategorized on July 31, 2013 at 09:52

Our #village #shop… #Russia #building #architecture #linandara_built #linandara_russia #linandara_retro #soft_tones #all_shots #soviet #countryside #rural #old #retro #store #grocery #магазин #дача #Подмосковье

My Shop Reserving Policy

In about me, art, crafts, Британия, ethics, legal issues, moral issues, my artworks, painting, portrait, relationship, shopping, textile art, traditions, xenophobia on February 2, 2013 at 10:41

Just letting out some steam….

Dear customers,

if you would like to reserve an item from the shop you’ll need to pay a non-refundable deposit of 10 pound a week. Please notice that if you express a wish to come on a particular day I can not guarantee that the shop will be open at that time.

Let me explain the reasons for all this. I am a novice shop keeper.  And a very surprised one. Often people come to the shop, look around and say to me: “I really like this painting” or “I want you to do commission for me. I definitely will be back tomorrow / on Friday / next week, etc.”

I am accustomed to trust people. On the day named I would come and wait till the Market is closed – even if most of other traders are already gone. Usually nobody shows up. Later I see these customers again and most of them say absolutely nothing to me.

On few occasions either I felt ill or cold, or someone from my family was poorly and I would rather be at home. I am not exaggerating.

It is not just me I am concerned about. Probably other small shops and stalls owners who really are struggling at the moment feel the same way. Is it my goods which are not good enough on careful consideration or is it my accent suggesting that I am not around here and could be treated less humanly?

Imagine if you are employed and on the day you expected to be paid your boss ignores you just like nothing happened? The income of small business owners depends on you. We live by hopes your give us.

It is perfectly fine to say “I will think about buying this”. Great!  Nobody needs false hopes, disappointments or later embarrassment.

Yours sincerely.

In art, искусство, мои рисунки, my artworks, творчество, Uncategorized on January 5, 2013 at 15:20

In the #studio… #art #artwork #painting #pastel #oilpastel #sketch #portrait #girl #easel #paint #painting #mydaughter #profile #bookmarks #crafts #atrs #brown #рисунок #пастель #набросок #портрет #linandaras_art #shop

I’ll be back. ..

In art on January 5, 2013 at 13:45

I’ve been doing an experiment since last spring: having an art and craft market stall. Knowing what the current economic situation is plus being in a small non-touristy town – well, I didn’t expected much profit. Internet sales were probably better so far.  I did sold some artworks in my shop, I’ve got my studio space,  but more importantly, I’ve started to feel living among people again.  Being in almost complete isolation since 2007 when we moved to Wales has been hard on me. I’m at least busy trying to earn money. Having one Market shop also feels more real than maintaining ten online ones and this makes me happy too.

I’ve also joined two community gardens and a group called “I love Newtown” to completely kill that feeling of alienation that have been with me for a while.

So far so good.  One strange and initially heartbreaking thing was the behaviour of some shoppers. Far too many of them.  These people were very sure of themselves.  “I will come back tomorrow (or on another day) and I will buy that painting / bring you photos for a commission” – they were saying. To begin with I took it extremely seriously.  On a day when I was ill (or one of my kids was ill) I would still come and desperately waited in this cold half empty Market hiding tears of despaire… Why did they do this to me? I never had a shop before so I don’t know how typical this behaviour is. Was it because of my accent people didn’t care?  Or they always are so insensitive to small business owners? Or they think that lies somehow make things better?  I don’t know. Most of them pretended nothing happened next time I saw them. Two honest ones apologised. 
Funny thing is that neither me nor the people I consider friends would ever lightly promised anything looking in somebody’s eyes in the first place.  So there wouldn’t be any embarrassment afterwards.

Well I’ve got over this and learned to ignore promises.  That’s a lesson and any lesson is good. It was particularly hard also because at the same time I was trying to join the local Shropshire Visual Art Network, my application got lost for several months, I was desperately waiting for reply and wondering why I’ve been ignored. .. It’s all too got recently sorted, fortunately.

So, I have lots of hopes for 2013 and wish everybody all the best!  And let’s carry on laughing at all these stupid prophets of doom who never seem to get their end of the world they desire so much.

In art, искусство, мои рисунки, my artworks, творчество, Uncategorized on December 11, 2012 at 15:35

Our #market with my #shop in the distance. Close to 0C today… #decorations #florist #flowers #cyclamens #easel #crafts #tinsel #garlands #Wales #NewtownPowys #winter #indoors #Newtown #рынок #магазин #украшения #ёлка #цветы #linandara_stillife #linandaras_art

In art, искусство, мои рисунки, my artworks, творчество, Uncategorized on November 30, 2012 at 18:02

In my #studio / #shop at the moment: #Newtown #clocktower #painting is mostly finished, and some #folkart just started. The #Market is still open! #art #artwork #artworks #easel #workshop #creative #creating #linandaras_art #craft #crafts #working #work #acrylic #folk

In art, искусство, мои рисунки, my artworks, творчество, Uncategorized on October 18, 2012 at 10:14

on my #easel in my #studio/#shop at the moment. The #petals have some good things about #life written on them: #love #peace #honesty #freedom #kindness #beauty #imagination etc. Few petals are left blank – maybe for people who end up having this to fill for themselves… #artwork #art #acrylic #ink #daisy #flower #flowerpower #linandaras_art #drawing #fantasy #words #рисунок #картина

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2012 at 10:17

in our little #town there is a #shop which sells #local #newspapers. There almost always are some shocking #headlines and “shop is open” undeneath. One day I expect to see something like “The world ends tomorrow. Shop is open”… #Wales #funny #today #flowers #florist #street #newagent #Britain #linandara_britain #linandara_retro #linandara_built #buildings #architecture #shops (Taken with Instagram)

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